Estimating the economic and social costs of dementia in Ireland
Connolly et al. (2014) using a cost of illness studies approach provide an estimate of the social and economic costs of dementia in ROI. The total cost of dementia is estimated to be €1.69bn per annum, 48% of which can be attributed to costs of informal care provided by family and friends to people with dementia living in the community. Another 43% is attributed to long-stay residential care with only 9% of the total costs attributed to formal health and social care costs. The results are broadly in line with international studies. The study highlights the significant costs associated with dementia in ROI and the very heavy burden that falls on the family caregivers.
CONNOLLY, S., GILLESPIE, P., O'SHEA, E., CAHILL, S. and PIERCE, M., 2014. Estimating the economic and social costs of dementia in Ireland. Dementia (London, England), 13(1), pp. 5-22.